Lifetime achievement award

British Psychological Society award for Professor Robin Morris.

Professor Robin Morris is to receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Psychological Society’s Professional Practice Board.

Professor Morris has had a distinguished career nationally and internationally, for the last 26 years working at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) as head of clinical neuropsychology in the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospitals and then in King’s College Hospital, London. He is also lead for neuropsychology in the newly formed Neurosciences Clinical Academic Group in the King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

Combining clinical work and research, he has applied his expertise in neuropsychology to researching a range of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including, more recently, people with dementia and cerebrovascular disorders. His work in the IoPPN has also encompassed epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, psychosis and eating disorders.

His research interests have included developing cognitive neuropsychological models in complex areas such as the ‘self’ in relation to memory processes and integrating neuropsychological and psychosocial frameworks concerning how to better understand neuropsychological disability.

Professor Morris has been awarded numerous competitive research grants, authored more than 250 scientific papers, supervised many PhD students and trained around 80 clinical psychology trainees in clinical neuropsychology. He said: ‘In receiving the award I am profoundly grateful for the generosity and support of my colleagues and students.I also feel very fortunate to have worked with many people at the forefront of neuropsychology, both in developing theories about how the mind and brain work, but also in finding new ways of helping people with neuropsychological conditions. I am looking forward to the next stage of my career, with neuroscience continuing to expand very rapidly and the likelihood of many new developments.’

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, President of the British Psychological Society, commented: ‘I am delighted – particularly as a (much less eminent) neuropsychologist myself – to be able to offer my congratulations, on the Society’s behalf, to Robin on such a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. His achievements in this field have already been immense and I wish him much further continuing success in the future.’

We plan to hear more about Professor Morris’s work with dementia in a future issue.

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